Thursday, March 23, 2017

'Mass-a-somethin'" Recap

Bringing Up Bates "Mass-a-something'"

  • At a condo at Massanutten Resort in Virginia, the Bates are rushing to get ready for their ski lessons. Gil is the only family member who has been skiing, so the rest of the clan is in for an adventure.
  • Kelly insists that the little kids wear multiple layers under their snowsuits. “You’re going to be hot as a firecracker on July the 4th,” Gil tells Jeb.
  • Just before everyone heads out the door, Kelly receives a text from Michael informing her that a mother and her daughter had fallen off a chairlift and died the week before. The mom of 19 is very nervous for her children’s safety.
  • Renting skis and snowboards takes close to an hour. Most of the family takes ski lessons, but the older boys elect to try snowboarding.
  • Tori’s boyfriend, Bobby Smith, joins the family on the slopes, as does Carlin’s “special friend,” Evan. Carlin met Evan and his family about five years ago, but it has only been a few months since the pair really started talking. (They reconnected at a ladies banquet, where Evan was serving.)  “Yes we like each other,” says Carlin. “We’re trying to get to know each other, but there’s no official thing right now.”
  • Trace’s friend, Campbell Roberts, also comes along. At the end of the trip, she insists that Trace did great.
  • When it comes time for everyone to ride the chairlift, Kelly is a nervous Nelly. They all make it out alive, although Kelly has the attendant at the top stop the lift so she can get off slowly.
  • Nathan arrives that evening. He has been at flight school in Mississippi, taking tests to earn his commercial pilot’s license.
  • The next morning, the family goes tubing, another great adventure. “I hurt my heinie” says Judson.
  • That afternoon, Kelly teaches Nathan everything she learned in ski school. “If you think you’re going to hit somebody, fall,” she tells her son. “I got a lot of practice doing that yesterday.”
  • Nathan picks it up quickly. “She’s actually an incredible teacher,” he says. “A mother that has spent her entire life teaching children things. I would rather have nobody else give me a lesson than my mom.”
  • Everyone is sad when it comes time to head home.  “I think skiing is a great family experience,” says Erin.
  • “I’m really impressed,” says Gil. “My wife was the funnest and the funniest and the most heroic. She didn’t give up. She didn’t quit. She even taught lessons.”
  • “I think we’re going back,” says Gil. “Massanutten is going to get a mass-a-Bates.”

12 comments:

  1. I wasn't able to watch the episode but I've seen pictures of Gil with a black eye, how did that happen?!

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    1. He tried tackling the black diamond slopes. :)

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  2. Kelly is a hoot! She was making me laugh when she was teaching Nathan how to ski.

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  3. Do you know what Nathan is planning to do with his commercial pilot's license?

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    1. fly a commercial plane? ;)

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    2. I asked because I wondered if he wanted to be a commercial pilot, a missionary pilot, or just someone who wants to know how to fly a plane for whatever reason.

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    3. 10:15- I would be surprised if Nathan has something other than a private pilot's license. To fly commercial aircraft, there's extensive training involved and many hours of flight time. Those who have decided on aviation as a career often begin with an undergraduate aviation-based education. Some pilots are trained in the military and are issued with civilian certificates based on their military record. Others are trained directly by airlines.
      My nephew is a pilot for Delta and his undergrad degree is in aviation. My dad received his flight training throughout the Naval Air Corps and flew as a Marine Transport Pilot. Sully Sullenberger, the hero pilot of the Hudson River, was an Air Force pilot prior to flying commercially. His book describes the rigorous military flight training he received. This was instrumental in him being able to land that plane on the river with no fatalities.

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    4. Thanks for clarifying, 6:12. On the video his brother called it a "commercial pilot's license," but maybe he just misspoke or misunderstood.

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  4. I really miss the show and the channel isn't available in Canada.

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    1. Because the show is set in the USA not Canada. That's why you don't get it their.

      You can watch it online.

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  5. loved seeing carlin having her 'special friend' along. how about trace? anything between him & campbell?

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  6. Is Campbell a girl?/

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